SportActive Cycling Press Pack
SportActive are committed to providing accessible and comprehensive cycling holidays, training camps, and access to sportives, for beginner through to amateur level cyclists. SportActive will provide the coaching advice to improve the skills of cyclists of all levels in a fun environment through providing the following:
- Cycling training camps, sportive preparation and support, and leisure holidays in Spain and France
- Professional coaching advice
- A high standard of accommodation
- A friendly and fun environment
- Professional cycling experiences such as cycling in the mountain ranges used in the Tour de France featuring coaching and support
- Tournament preparation for sportives and support
- Guided cycle tours
- A safe and fun environment to cycle
- An experience as close to professional cycling as possible
- An environment conducive to improving the skills of all cyclists regardless of level
- A sense of achievement from cycling
Founded by professional cycling coach Martin Birney, the company was born following Martin's experiences cycling all over the globe. Martin had experienced cycling with the best coaches in the best clubs the world over and wanted to bring this experience to everyone, not just professional cyclists.
Today, SportActive.net is very well thought of among the cycling community. Cycling legend Sean Kelly regularly rides on SportActive's Mallorca holidays, offering useful knowledge and tips to guests.
Training Camps, Holidays, and Sportives
SportActive based their Cycling Centre in Mallorca following Martin's experiences at riding on the island. Mallorca is used by professional pro peloton cycling teams in the off season, and thanks to its cycling culture, Mallorca has been described as an island paradise by cyclists of all levels. It has amazing cycling roads including hairpins, country lanes, mountain climbs, and thrilling descents. The roads are largely devoid of cars.
The SportActive Cycling Centre is located in the four star hotel Zafiro Tropic, and this is also where guests stay while on holiday with SportActive. It is located in Puerto Alcùdia, on the north coast, the most picturesque and quiet part of Mallorca. Alcùdia is perfectly situated for warm up and warm down rides. Although in a quiet location, it is at the heart of the local shopping and nightlife district, and only a few metres from a golden beach.
SportActive has a comprehensive private bike garage where guests are fitted for bikes, can hire bikes, and stock up on supplies.
Cycling Legend Sean Kelly
During April and October Sean Kelly, one of the greatest cyclists ever to have lived rides with SportActive guests. In his professional career he achieved 196 professional victories. Sean was a sprinter but could keep pace with climbers and more endurance focused cyclists. Due to his brilliant performances in the classic races, he quickly became known as ‘The King of the Classics.’
Sean Kelly rides with all SportActive groups regardless of level.
SportActive Training Camps
SportActive run training camps for all levels of cyclist, and provide good training environments for cyclists who wish to compete in the M312/M225/M167.
SportActive’s training covers the following topics:
- Gear Use
- Group riding techniques
- Hill climbing techniques
- Bike safety and coordination
SportActive uses a group ride system to ensure no rider is stretched too far or held back. This ensures all riders have the perfect cycling holiday for their ability. SportActive’s routes take in the gems of Mallorca including the hairpins of Sa Calobra, the highest reachable point on Mallorca, Puig Major, and ‘the meeting place of the winds’ Cap Formentor.
SportActive’s pro coaching advice helps riders improve their cycling and ride further and faster.
SportActive Leisure Cycling
As well as cycling training, SportActive also run leisure cycling holidays. Here our guided tours take you to the most fascinating, picturesque, and engaging parts of Mallorca. Your days will be full. You will see historical buildings, shop in vibrant markets, and sample the culture. There are plenty of stops for coffee and food. Martin is very good at judging just how far you can comfortably cycle, and ensures you see some of the amazing island destinations Mallorca has to offer.
SportActive Cycling for Beginners
This holiday is aimed at the cyclist who is new or just returning to cycling. The idea is that cyclists build confidence through learning about the different aspects of cycling. All SportActive' guests leave their holiday better cyclists than when they arrived.
Mallorca 312 Sportive
The Mallorca 312 sportive is the biggest held in Mallorca. It involves 312km of ride taking in challenging climbs and coastal roads. The event which is held and celebrated every year is the longest amateur cyclist sportive in Europe.
SportActive is an official M312 Tour Operator and our services include event preparation, looking after the logistics of your trip including entry into the event, bike hire, cycling clothing and supplies, and accommodation.
Riders can combine the M312 with a cycling training camp to ride the event in optimum condition.
As well as the M312, the M232 and the M167 run on the same day. They have the same starting and finishing points but here you will cycle either 225 kms or 167kms rather than 312 kms.
SportActive's French holidays are more for the enthusiastic amateur cyclists who wants to have a Tour de France experience. Our holidays take riders through stages of the Tour de France, and include some of the most demanding mountain climbs featured in the famous race.
As well as coaching and support, all accommodation is included in each holiday or sportive. For some rides we have support cars in operation and riders will experience what it is like to be looked after like a pro rider. This aim is that you finish each ride under your own steam. Your Tour de France style holiday achievements will be your own.
Geneva to Nice - Conquer la "Route des Grandes Alpes"
The "Route des Grandes Alpes" takes riders across 550 kms of Alpine routes terrain, and sees riders cycling the alpine mountains of the Tour de France. Over one week riders will cycle between 75km to 120km per day, taking in the spectacular views this holiday affords.
Each year Tour de France professional cyclists take on the mountains, and this holiday offers the chance for amateur riders to do the same. The rides culminate in Nice, on the Mediterranean coast.
Mont Ventoux - The Challenge of the Bald Mountain
Mont Ventoux or the "Bald Mountain" is an iconic mountain which every cyclists regardless of ability respects. At its summit it is 1912km above sea level, and for many cyclists this is the ultimate test of their mettle.
This holiday sees riders climb this mountain under their own steam. The ride is steep, but with coaching riders do reach the top. Due to the nature of some of the climbs on this holiday, a support car is provided for the most difficult rides.
Marmotte Granfondo Alps - The toughest Alpine Cycle-Sportive in Europe
Marmotte Alps sees competitors ride 174km and climb 5000m over four major alpine cols; le col du Glandon, le col du Télégraph, le col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. This event has around 8000 riders, giving everything to conquer the cols.
As with the Mallorca sportive holidays we look after riders from organising their entry into the sportive and providing event preparation advice. SportActive supplies back-up cars and riders during the day to help SportActive guests conquer this sportive.
Marmotte Granfondo Pyrénées - Ride the Sportive featuring Tour de France and Vuelta Cols!
Marmotte Pyrénées gives competitors a chance to test their limits in the Pyrénées mountain range. This is the sister event of Marmotte Alps and like its sister is one of the most demanding sportives on the amateur circuit. Featuring a total distance of 165 km and 5600+ altimeters, the route takes you across five legendary cols: Col du Tourmalet from Luz St Sauveur, La Hourquette d'Ancizan, Col d'Aspin, Col du Tourmalet from Ste Marie de Campan, Hautacam - col de Tramassel.
SportActive provides full support to SportActive guests from organising their entry into the sportive to preparing them for the big event. SportActive supplies back-up cars and riders during the day, to help guests conquer this sportive.
Other SportActive Holidays
Custom Cycle Holidays
Here guests can specify what they want from their cycling holiday and we will provide it. Taking care of all the details and organising the holiday.
As well as cycling holidays we also operate walking holidays in Mallorca, France, and Austria taking in some of the most picturesque views in the world.
The National Press
SportActive is often written about in national newspapers and in specialist publications in various countries. Here you will find references to these publications together with SportActive’s press releases.
Me falto ganar un Mundial – (I miss winning a world cup)
Published May 2019 - Ultima Horo
The legend Sean Kelly is written about all over the world. He is particularly popular in Spain thanks to his legendary achievements and his ongoing involvement with SportActive. This article is an in-depth interview with the Legend.
By Peter Stuart
Published September 2018 – Cyclist Magazine August 2018 Edition (In print only)
An article detailing the famous Mallorca cycling climb of Sa Calobra. Extract;
“There are climbs with amazing views, roads with rustic charm, and mountains so severe that we never forget them. There is no road, though, as stunning as Sa Calobra.
“Sa Calobra is in fact not a road at all, but a port town on the northern coast of Mallorca. Out of the town, the road up to Coll dels Reis winds over and through the rock formations of the Tramuntana range like brushstrokes on a canvas, and over time this road has come to be known by cyclists simply as Sa Calobra.
“The only way to get to the bottom of the climb (other than by boat) is to start at the top and descend for 9.5km. The gradient averages 7% and near the top the road performs an incredible 270° loop, twisting around and back under itself in an iconic hairpin bend called the ‘tie knot’. Conceived and built by the same architect famed for the road to Cap de Formentor on the very northern tip of the island, Sa Calobra is probably as close as one could get to a perfect road for cycling, and it’s precisely where we’re heading today.”
Ride on with Sean Kelly
Published 30/01/2018 – ABC Mallorca
ABC Mallorca published Sean Kelly interview provides useful insights into Mallorca cycling and his thoughts on the sport. Extract:
“For Sean Kelly there are two types of cycling tourists on Mallorca. “On the one hand, there are the experienced cyclists who know what to expect on the island,” he says. And on the other hand, those who do not know. “Beginners, particularly, often exceed their own abilities which can be dangerous.” Therefore, cycling tour operators are always a good choice when you want to cycle on the island. “Experienced tour guides place the bikers right from the start in the group that is appropriate for their level. Then nothing can go wrong,” Sean believes.”
SportActive: cycling holidays Mallorca
Published 30/01/2018 – ABC Mallorca
“Whether you are an experienced cyclist looking to improve your performance with a dedicated training camp or a leisure cyclist interested in exploring, taking pictures, top up your tan and drink a fine cup of coffee; or even a beginner cyclist, SportActive offers something for you.
“The Cycling Holidays include guided group rides (different levels!), private SportActive Bike Garage with mechanic, optional bike hire, half board accommodation in Puerto d’Alcùdia, and airport transfers. If you choose not to hire a bike, you are welcome to bring your own. All leaders of the SportActive training team are passionate and accomplished cyclists and experts in cycle training. SportActive also offer an M312 sportive package for Europe’s longest amateur race.”
Formentor: Mallorca’s Finest Road
Peter Stuart of Cyclist Magazine reviewed riding to Formentor with our own Martin Birney:
“The Mallorcans call the Cap de Formentor the meeting point of the four winds. Sitting on the most northerly tip of the biggest of the Balearic Islands, the winds that blow from the Spanish mainland, the European Alps, the Atlantic Ocean and North Africa meet here, and each seems to have left an impression on this tiny outpost.
“With alpine-esque hairpins overlooking a crystal blue Mediterranean Sea, beating against a shore of jagged limestone rock, it’s no wonder that the road to Formentor has become an icon of European cycling. “
Majorca: Spinning in the Sunshine
David Conachy from the Irish Independent wrote a piece on his stay with us in 2016:
“There's nothing to it really is there? I mean, you just sit in the saddles, clip your shoes into the pedals and off you go. You could say it's as easy as riding a bike.
“Except there's a lot more to it than meets the eye, and even after years of experience on two wheels that have brought me to such iconic places as Alpe d'Huez, Croix de Fer and Mont Ventoux, there is still so much to learn about control, pacing and nutrition. So many roads to discover and so many new places to see.”
To hell and back: My Tour de France
Shane Phelan of the Irish Independent recounts his Marmotte experience:
“By the end of the day 2,822 of the 7,500 who started had thrown in the towel, but that was little consolation to me.
“The following afternoon myself and David had recovered enough to get back on the bike and ride up the Alpe with Martin Birney from the Derry-based cycle holiday company SportActive, who looked after us very well during the trip.”
Get on your bike
Publish date : Decemeber/January/February 2015, Issue 41
Sue Smith wrote about her experiences with us in Mallorca in Cotswold Magazine
“In a moment of madness around two years ago I had a rush of blood to the head and bought myself a bike, despite the fact I hadn’t ridden since pre-teens.
“Bradley Wiggins had recently added Olympic gold to his Tour de France yellow jersey (Maillot Jaune) and Wiggo fever was sweeping the country. Everyone I knew was getting out on the roads on their bikes and I was swept along in a wave of patriotism and an overriding fear of being left behind.”
The 10 Best Fitness Holidays
Publish Date: 03/01/2011
Jason Morris wrote about his SportActive experience resulting in SportActive featuring in The Daily Telegraph's 10 Best Fitness Holidays Article published in 2011.
“In spring 250,000 cyclists descend upon Majorca, attracted by the smooth roads, challenging climbs and favourable climate. Many stay as I did at a cycling centre like SportActive in Port d'Alcudia. From there coaches guide groups of up to 10 riders, teaching them the disciplines of team cycling. Of my fellow cyclists, some raced at amateur level, but two were complete beginners. My experience was limited to diversions around the potholes of London. I hoped not to disgrace myself.”
SportActive.net Announce New Cycling Holiday Dates for Mallorca, Spain
Popular and successful cycling holiday company, SportActive.net have announced new dates for their Mallorca cycling holidays and camps.
Londonderry, Northern Ireland (PRWEB UK) 8 January 2015
Popular and successful cycling holiday and cycling training camps provider, SportActive.net have announced their new cycling dates for Mallorca, Spain. The updated calendar of events features leisure and competitive cycling based on the Spanish Island, and like last year the programme offers something for all levels of cyclist.
The Mallorca 2015 dates are as follows:
Leisure cycling in Mallorca is available from 01st March to the 10th May, and 26th September until the 24th October. Typically, each holiday is a 7 night stay though this can be negotiated.SportActive's Beginners Cycling School will run from 14th March until the 9th May and from 26th September until the 24th October. Typically the holiday runs for 7 nights but this can be negotiated.
Women's week: SportActive's women only cycling week will take place this year on the 4th April and runs until the 11th April.
Cycle Training with Sean Kelly- former world champion cyclist, will run from 14th February to the 10th May, and 26th September until the 24th October. Again this is typically 7 night stays.
Mallorca 312 International Cyclotourist Tour of Mallorca will be held on the 25th April. This popular Sportive features 312 or a 167 km race around the Mediterranean island. Holidays for this trip normally last between 4 to 7 nights.
As always with SportActive, a high level of professionalism both in terms of coaching and advice are offered. Over the years they have improved their cycling holidays and camps based on customer and staff feedback. They have placed a strong emphasis on enabling cyclists to improve their cycling, fitness, and confidence.
Flora Mittenmair, general manager and co-founder of SportActive said:
"The dates are designed around the best conditions for cycling in terms of weather. So our guests will not only become better cyclists but they will have a better sun tan too."
As well as a comprehensive Mallorca cycling calendar, the company also operate cycling holidays in France. The French cycling holidays tend to have a more challenging emphasis.
Where required, SportActive will operate support cars and riders for some of the events and rides. More details on all the holidays and what's featured can be found by visiting the site.
SportActive Revamps Cycling Holiday Website to Enhance Clarity and Ease of Use
Popular cycling holiday gurus SportActive.net have revamped their cycling holiday website. The new site has focused on improving clarity and user experience based on feedback from several sources, including Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly.
Londonderry, Northern Ireland (PRWEB) December 04, 2014
Popular and successful cycling holiday company SportActive.net, have revamped their cycling holiday website to make it more user friendly. The new site is a result of user feedback, staff experiences, and the input of one of cycling's greatest riders, Sean Kelly.
The idea behind the changes was not just to create a more aesthetically pleasing website. The purpose was to improve user experience by providing clarity and ease of use.
SportActive.net, have redesigned their cycling holidays and cycling training camp pages to ensure cycling holidaymakers can easily determine whether the holiday is right for them. All the information needed is at the top of the page, with more detailed information and booking forms further down. In SportActive's experience most users will want to discover as much information as possible about the cycling holiday they want to go on.
SportActive.net have been running cycling holidays, training camps, and sportive in France and Mallorca, Spain, for several years. Their range of cycling holiday packages include leisure cycling in the Mediterranean to emulating professional riders in the Tour de France, cycling some of the toughest mountains on the Tour de France route. Nearly all the holidays feature professional coaching and guided routes. The more demanding rides and sportives feature backup cars and riders.
The new SportActive cycling holiday website is now live. All the information needed to make an informed choice about which cycling holiday is right for the user is now at their fingertips. The staff of SportActive.net are also just an email or phone call away should a user wish to speak someone in person.
General manager and co-founder of SportActive.net said:
"It has never been easier to choose and discover our cycling holidays via our website. It is made perfectly clear what the holidays offer, and what level of cyclist they are aimed at."
As well as running exciting and comprehensive holidays and training camps we also operate a comprehensive news/blog and training tips pages on our site. It features company events and cycling tips. View the Training Tips here, Cycling News and Blog page here.
For all media inquiries please contact Flora in the first instance. Details here.
Updated on: 23/05/2019